A powderpost beetle infestation in a Pennsylvania sideboard  - originally imported from Asia - shows weaknesses remain in global inspection and enforcement of wood pests. The blight of the emerald ash borer began through untreated wood in skids. This particular beetle family met its match at the hands of our popular bloggist Chuck Ray, also known as Dr. Charles D. Ray,  Associate Professor of Wood Operations Research at Pennsylvania State University.

Powderpost beetles eat wood into a fine, flourlike powder explains University of Michigan's extension service. They can damage and, in some cases, eventually destroy (by completely tunneling) all exposed wood in houses, including furniture and paneling. They enter the wood as it is being cured, notes Pennsylvania State University's site.

Here are the week's most viewed wood industry reports.

Let the Furniture Buyer Beware: Beetles Tagged Along
By Chuck Ray Posted: 01/07/2014 1:08PM
The wood sideboard my wife and I purchased was an eclectic piece from India that turned out to be more than we bargained for. It was infested with powderpost beetles from the bottom shelf to the drawers. Read more

Masco's Delta Unit Forecast 2014 Kitchen Design Trends
Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 01/05/2014 5:36AM
asco cabinetry's Delta Faucet says kitchen design will see continued use of industrial accents in 2014. Prominent neutrals on cabinetry will be paired with complex patterns, and conventional style categories will converge. Reclaimed wood has a role, too. Read more
Make It Right Foundation Rotting Wood Prompts Rebuild of Brad Pitt's Charity Homes By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: December 30, 2013 - 2:45 PM TimberSIL, a glass-infused wood used in New Orleans homes built by actor Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, is being replaced with yellow pine due to wood decay. Read more



Duffy London MK1 coffee table Video: Mini Oak Coffee Table Flips Into Full-sized Table
By Bill Esler | Posted: December 26, 2013 - 6:32 PM
Duffy London's MK1 multi-functional coffee table fits small spaces, then flips to convert from a coffee table to a dining table in two steps. Watch slideshow, video


How Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Saved 19% On Obamacare
By Bill Esler Posted: 12/19/2013 9:00PM

Paul Downs Cabinetmakers has insured its 17-employee custom woodshop under the Affordable Care Act. A spreadsheet available free shows how he saves $13,932 with the program, paying a total $59,005 in premiums for 2014. Read more

Premium Kitchens, Premium Cuisine
Paris Cabinetry Firm Opens 1st U.S. Shop
By Bill Esler | Posted: December 26, 2013 - 1:03 PM

Premium Kitchens' Italian-made cabinetry features a 30-coat finish. Already operating eight Premium Cuisine showrooms around Paris, France, its kitchen line is on display in its first U.S. showroom, in Boca Raton, FL. Read more


HGTV 2014 Dream Home

HGTV 2014 Dream Home's Modern Kitchen, Storage Wows!
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: January 6, 2014 - 5:07 PM
HGTV’S 2014 Dream Home -- a custom-built, Lake Tahoe mountain cabin with a modern kitchen and niche storage areas wows fans in sweepstakes give-a-way. Read more

 How Lumber-eating Beetle Skirted Import Rules Was Most Viewed Angst in Cardell Cabinetry Close & More Reader Comments By Rich Christianson | Posted: January 3, 2014 - 2:03 PM
Cardell Cabinetry’s abrupt closing and lay off of 900 workers happened more than three months ago, but buzz about the San Antonio, TX-based company’s demise lingers. Read more


 Shaffer Cabinets Commercial Cabinet Reopens as Prisoner Training Center
By Bill Esler | Posted: January 1, 2014 - 9:47 AM 

haffer Cabinets will transform itself into a woodworking skills training center for county prisoners. Tehama County Commissioners voted to lease the Red Bluff, CA shop, contracting with owner Mike Shaffer to teach cabinetmaking. Read more


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